The Top 5 Longreads of the Week

The best stories of the week, as chosen by the editors of Longreads.

Below, our favorite stories of the week. Kindle users, you can also get them as a Readlist.
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1. An Unbelievable Story of Rape

T. Christian Miller, Ken Armstrong | ProPublica and The Marshall Project | Dec. 17, 2015 | 48 minutes (12,188 words)

“Two and a half years after Marie was branded a liar, Lynnwood police found her, south of Seattle, and told her the news: Her rapist had been arrested in Colorado. They gave her an envelope with information on counseling for rape victims. They said her record would be expunged. And they handed her $500, a refund of her court costs. Marie broke down, experiencing, all at once, shock, relief and anger.” An investigation by ProPublica and The Marshall Project.

2. The Body Snatchers

Nicholas Hune-Brown | Toronto Life | Dec. 11, 2015 | 21 minutes (5,298 words)

What happens when PR campaigns decide who gets an organ?

3. Dispossessed in the Land of Dreams

Monica Potts | The New Republic | Dec. 18, 2015 | 24 minutes (6,241 words)

The tech boom in Silicon Valley has displaced countless numbers of residents, who are struggling to stay in the place they call home even if it means having to live in their cars.

4. You Can Have Millions Of Subscribers On YouTube—And Still Be Flat Broke

Gaby Dunn | Fusion | Dec. 14, 2015 | 12 minutes (3,138 words)

Gaby Dunn, who struggles to make ends meet despite being a YouTube personality with more than half a million subscribers, investigates the bleak economics of internet fame.

5. The First Person to Hack the iPhone Built a Self-Driving Car. In His Garage

Ashlee Vance | Bloomberg Businessweek | Dec. 17, 2015 | 17 minutes (4379 words)

A hacker attempts to use his own parts, and a converted Acura, to build a self-driving car that’s better than Google or Tesla.